Offering strength and stability, dental crowns provide a solution to a number of dental problems.
Dental crowns offer an excellent means of restoring a tooth and are used in a number of procedures. They can be made from a number of different materials, and, at the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton, we will assess and recommend the best type for you, depending on the type of procedure involved, and your own circumstances.
In today’s blog, we take a look at how dental crowns are used in the procedures available at our own practice.
The most common use for a dental crown is where a tooth has been badly broken, or a large amount has to be removed due to dental decay. Whilst in both cases it may be possible to offer a simple filling, this should be weighed up against how reliable and strong it would prove to be. In many cases, it is better to restore the tooth using a dental crown. This will provide the tooth with sufficient strength and hopefully minimise the need for further treatment should a filling not be strong enough to resolve the problem.
Root canal treatment is an effective way to save a tooth that has become infected; the only other alternative being to extract it. Because this procedure necessitates the removal of part of the top of the tooth in order to access the root canals, the restored tooth is, quite naturally, weakened significantly. The addition of a dental crown both completes the root treated tooth aesthetically and restores sufficient strength for daily use.
Whilst the dental implant itself is a titanium screw-like object which fits into the jawbone, the dental crown which sits on top of it, also plays a significant part in this tooth replacement procedure. The implant is used, in effect, to replace the missing root of the tooth. Once this has bonded with the bone in the jaw, it provides an extremely solid and secure foundation onto which a dental crown can be attached. As with dental crowns used in the procedures mentioned above, this will be made at a special laboratory to ensure high quality and to match both the colour and style of your natural teeth.
Where a visible front tooth has broken or become damaged, but could be restored using a filling, this is not always ideal as aesthetics might be compromised. In cases such as this, patients may decide that a dental crown offers them the chance to preserve or even improve their smile and restore the tooth to a natural appearance.
If you require any further information about the dental crowns used at our Surbiton dentists surgery, or about any of the procedures mentioned above, please call us at the Confidental Clinic on 020 8399 1291.